Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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The Trust’s information technology (IT) team have won the MedTech Visionaries award, in the ‘best hospital technology implementation’ category, for developing an application that has freed up time previously spent gathering information to support external inspection of services.

The software that the team has developed allows for a method to quickly and securely carry out the completion of a variety of operational and clinical audits in real time. The end result being that the Trust is better placed to deliver safe and effective patient care across the organisation because data collected is much more comprehensive, accurate and meaningful.  Additionally, the new way of working supports the Trust’s continued drive to streamline processes towards a paperless way of working.

Shaun Middlemas, Head of IT said, “The team have worked really hard on this project, which frees up management time enabling colleagues to commit more time to support frontline staff and our patients. The award is testament to their forward thinking, collaboration and expertise, and I am proud that they have received recognition for the commitment, innovation and effort they put into producing Q-Tech.”

The MedTech Visionaries Awards provide recognition and increased visibility to a sector that continues to make a positive impact in how we view our world and interact with it.

PosterwinA massive congratulations to Yajnah Bheenick, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Maggie Rose (pictured on left) and Lauren Heath (pictured on right), Assistant Psychologists in Dudley for having been chosen by the judges as the winning poster presentation at the British Psychological Society Division Of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference.

The poster presentation shared the service user experience of being part of a highly successful ‘managing difficult feelings’ group intervention programme.

The award is a great achievement against strong competition at a nationally prestigious and high profile conference.

Well done guys!

With the year coming to a close and as we look towards new beginnings, we’d like to share the outcome of our vote for the name of our merged trust.

During autumn, we asked staff to choose and now that we have counted in the votes, we thought we would share with you the overwhelming winning choice…

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust!

This will be the name we will adopt when our merger completes.

We are pleased to announce that last night Jay Eeles, Clinical Lead and Service Manager of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services’ (CAMHS) Crisis Intervention and Home Treatment Team, received the first ever Cariss Evans Award at the 2020 West Midlands Combined Authority’s Thrive Awards!

Launched this year, the Cariss Evans Award is presented to those who deliver innovative and creative mental health support in community based CAMHS for children, young people and their families / carers.

The award is in recognition of Cariss Evans, a former member of our Trust who inspired people through her work as a community based mental health nurse for CAMHS and sadly passed away in October 2018 following.

Jay Eeles was shortlisted for this award thanks to her research and innovative efforts in overhauling crisis care within the Trust and leading the Crisis Intervention and Home Treatment Team, which responds quickly and intensively to children and young people, and their families and carers.

The Walsall Promoting Access to Mainstream Health Services (PAMHS) team are hosting their annual Happy Christmas Health event on Thursday 19th December at Walsall Manor Hospital!

This event aims to give staff, patients and visitors winter health information in an accessible, fun format as well as promoting their services and exciting job opportunities, including the Acute Learning Disability Liaison role and Community Learning Disability Nurse role.

The team are delighted that they will be supported by their local providers, The Motivation Hub and Midlands Mencap during the day and they will be raising funds for the hospital’s charity fund Wellwishers by having a cake bake sale.

The Trust is delighted to announce that we have been rated as Good overall following a recent inspection from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC has today published its report which sees the Trust receiving Good across all domains of the inspection – safe; well led; caring; effective and responsive, and Outstanding for our eating disorder services in the responsive domain.

The result is one of the Trust’s best ever ratings providing evidence of our improved performance, and clearly indicates that the Trust is performing well when compared to other mental health trusts across the country.

Inspectors found improvements since its last inspection, and highlighted a number of outstanding examples of compassion in care. In particular, they found staff were proud to provide safe care and treatment, and felt the Trust was a good place to work. Inspectors also noted that they saw many instances of staff treating patients with compassion and kindness, respecting their privacy and dignity whilst supporting patients’ individual needs.

Across the Trust, inspectors commented that they found a culture of learning and research and felt there was good leadership from the Board to front line services.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are delighted that our latest inspection by the CQC recognises the continued and sustained hard work and commitment of our staff, without whom our achievement of a good rating would not have been possible.

The outcome of the CQC inspection is fantastic news for our staff, partners and importantly the people who use our services. The Trust Board is extremely proud of the continued determination and commitment of our staff, who work tirelessly to ensure improvements are made.”

The full report is available here.



Mark Axcell has been appointed as the Chief Executive of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust following a recruitment process.

Mark, who is the current Chief Executive at Dudley and Walsall, will take up the joint post at the beginning of January 2020, supporting both trusts through the next phase of their merger plans and beyond.

Jeremy Vanes, Chair of both trusts said: “In Mark we have a leader who will drive us forward as we come together and work towards becoming an outstanding organisation. I look forward to continuing our work with him to help shape the future of the Trust.”